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dc.contributor.authorDownie, Jill
dc.contributor.authorHay, David
dc.contributor.authorHorner, Barbara
dc.contributor.authorWichmann, Helen
dc.contributor.authorHislop, Angela
dc.identifier.citationDownie, Jill and Hay, David and Horner, Barbara and Wichmann, Helen and Hislop, Angela. 2009. Children living with their grandparents: resilience and wellbeing. International Journal for Social Welfare. 19 (1): pp. 8-22.

A non-comparative design and mixed-methods approach wasused to examine the resilience and wellbeing of 20 childrenin the full-time care of their grandparents. A self-reportmeasure of self-concept and emotional wellbeing, and asemi-structured interview were used to explore the personalexperiences and impact of children living with their grandparents.Scores derived from the self-report measure indicatedthat the children's self-worth and emotional health werewithin the range expected of children of comparative age andsex. Qualitative data, however, suggested a complex emotionalenvironment and a continuum of responses. Analysis revealedthree themes that captured broad issues around Emotionalhealth, Material factors, Current issues and Past experiencesand Coping strategies. The results of the study reveal the ongoingconcerns associated with the children's family circumstances,as well as the notable adaptation and resilience of the childrenin managing their life experiences.

dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing
dc.subjectfoster care
dc.subjectrelative care
dc.subject- resilience
dc.titleChildren living with their grandparents: resilience and wellbeing
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleInternational Journal for Social Welfare

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curtin.departmentCentre for Research on Ageing
curtin.accessStatusFulltext not available
curtin.facultySchool of Nursing and Midwifery
curtin.facultyFaculty of Health Sciences

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